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Wire Taps: Jayson Werth attends SOTU; Baseball America ranks Nationals’ system 15th; Strike?

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news and get up to date on the latest info from the slowest winter in recent memory...

National League Division Series Game Five: Chicago Cubs v. Washington Nationals

So, uh, it was a bit of a night in D.C.

No, I’m not talking about the State of the Union. Alex Smith? Don’t be silly. ESPN 980 changing their name to “The Team 980?” Absolutely not.

I refer, of course, to the Arizona Diamondbacks signing Alex Avila, taking themselves out of the running for J.T. Realmuto and leaving the Nats as the only real suitor.

Can we get three cheers for the hot stove?

Here’s the scoop from somewhere in Virginia/North Carolina (where the Nationals’ truck probably is).

Jayson Werth, organic farmer and former Nat, attends State of the Union
More like State of the Onion, amiright? Hey-oooo!

Strike floated to fix frigid hot stove
In the first year of the new CBA, Dodgers' closer Kenley Jansen has begun thinking out loud: If owners are going to collaborate to pay players less (which is the situation as he sees it), maybe the players shouldn't play at all.

Albers leaves Nats for good, heads to Brewers on two-year deal
$5 million dollars for Matt Albers! AKA, about $1.35M million a year more than the Nats paid for him.

Nationals ranked as fifteenth best farm system in baseball per Baseball America
Middle of the pack? Where they can't be noticed for being good *or* bad? Sign us up!

Strasburg moved by Tony Gwynn's impact
At SDSU, Stephen Strasburg didn't call the Hall-of-Fame 'Tony' or 'Mr. Padre." To Strasburg, he was just "coach." Hear more from MLB Network's latest documentary chronicling the 3000-hit man.

MLB.com singles out Robles, Soto and Kieboom in top 100 - Byron Kerr
Victor Robles stayed towards the top of the list, Juan Soto jumped another 30-or-so places, and Carter Kieboom debuted.

What do the Nats have to give up to get J.T. Realmuto?
Apparently, the current (rumored) offer on the table is Carter Kieboom and Erick Fedde + more. Is that really all it would take? Is that all the Nats really should be willing to give up?